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's insane the stuff he says. >> this isn't about wayne lapierre. it's about the public wanting to be safe on their streets. ♪ you don't need a weatherman to know it's where the wind blows ♪ >> it's a busy and wintery monday on the east coast. congress is on spring break as lawmakers return to their districts where they're likely to face constituents ready to weigh in on several flashpoint issues. outside the supreme court, spectators are already lining up as the court prepares to hear two cases this week on same-sex marriage. these cases could literally transform the landscape of equal rights in this country. earlier today, president obama addressed a naturalization ceremony for new citizens challenging lawmakers to, quote, have courage when the debate resumes next month. perhaps the most volatile issue facing lawmakers right now, the debate over proposed new gun safety measures. this weekend marked 100 days since the sandy hook elementary school massacre, and gun reform advocates are clearly frustrated with the lack of action from lawmakers. organizers are planning a day of action th
talk to your doctor. you're not indestructible anymore. >>> who would you rather fight? wayne lapierre or mike bloomberg? it's monday, march 25th, and this is now. >> joining me today, former pennsylvania governor, and nbc news political analyst and current governor of "now," ed rendell. managing editor of the grio.com and soon-to-be lieutenant governor of "now," joy reed. >> and assistant managing editor for "time" magazine, rona. congress may be on spring break, but mayor michael bloomberg is at work. his group, mayors against ill leelg guns announced it will drop $12 million on a tv advertising campaign against 13 states. >> guns are for hunting and protecting my family. i believe in the second amendment and i'll fight to protect it. but with rights come responsibilities. that's why i support comprehensive background checks. so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can't buy guns. that protects my rights and my family. >> yesterday in an interview with david gregory, mayor bloomberg continued the full-court press. >> we're trying to do everything we can to impress upon the sena
that there's a secret agenda that the nra and wayne lapierre talk about which is create a registry of all gun owners. they either want to attack the guns or take them away. >> he can say whatever he wants. this isn't about wayne lapierre. this is about a public wanting to be safe on their streets. this is about the public having the right to buy arms and the right to protect themselves and the right to use them for sport or hunting. but, also, it's about the public's right to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. that's in everybody's interests. if you go back to 1999, wayne lapierre testified on behalf of the nra that background checks were appropriate and should be done and congress back in 1968 actually made them the law of the land, but they don't apply to 40% of the gun sales today. something like 58,000 gun dealers across this country, three times the number of mcdonald's stores, as a matter of fact, there are gun stores every place in this country, and those gun sellers -- they do background checks on all their clients. i think last year 78,000 times the governm
things like the nra wants firearms with nukes on them. it's insane. >> that's nra president, wayne lapierre appearing on nbc's meet the pres this past sunday with some sharp criticism for michael bloomberg's $12 million advertising blitz aimed to pressure vulnerable democrats and republican senators to vote for background checks when it comes up for a vote next month. joining me is senator richard blumenthal. let's talk first, can you give me a state of play, we kind of know the elements of the bill, that will be debated. can you give me a state of plan where you think things stand? >> where things stand is that the majority leader, harry reid, has commendably said we will have a vote, a ban on illegal trafficking and straw purchasing, very significant. a requirement for background checks on all purchases of firearms, including private sales. and a school safety measure. all of them approved by the judiciary committee where i serve and there will be at least two amendments, maybe more, one offered by senator feinstein that will oppose the assault weapon ban and a prohibition on high-capacit
is that people keep demonizing the nra and wayne lapierre and i'll be the first to admit that wayne lapierre post-sandy hook speech was a rhetorical train wreck. but the fact of the matter is the nra is representing a lot of people very interested in this issue and again if there was such a ground roots swell for this, i don't think bloomberg would even be worried about running these ads. >> i just wanted to bring this up because it was so bizarre that jim carrey put out this gun control kind of ad and you have to kind of watch it because i can't blaine it, but it's very offensive. let's watch a bit of it. ♪ on the ones who sell the guns, he'd sick the vultures and coyotes ♪ ♪ only the devil's true devotees could profiteer from pain and fear ♪ >> okay. i know it's from funny or die, but it's making the rounds online. does this sort of thing really help the cause, jason? >> i think it does. because it brings a different and you had general audience. funny or die uses these celebrities for all sorts of different issue. but i think it's valuable because people will pay attention. people who
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